“This settlement should send a clear message to colleges in Ohio and across the nation that unconstitutional speech codes aren’t worth defending,” he said in a news release.
“We’re glad that Sinclair Community College and the State of Ohio realized that continuing to defend a ban on signs would not just fly in the face of the First Amendment, but would also be a profound waste of taxpayer money,” said Robert Shibley, FIRE’s senior vice president.
The suit originally sought a permanent injunction to stop the college from restricting students’ activities, nominal damages and expenses incurred during the legal proceedings. It was brought by students Ruth Deddens and Ethel Borel-Donohue and the speaker from the rally, Bryan Kemper.
Deddens, an original club member and noted anti-abortion activist, attends Sinclair through the Lifetime Learning program. Borel-Donohue is also a club founder and was enrolled in the paralegal program part-time after working as a high school teacher and raising three children. Kemper is the founder of two faith-based organizations, Rock of Life and Stand True Pro-Life Outreach.
Deddens said she is satisfied by the outcome of the case, which was led by attorney Christopher Finney.
“I think it is a lesson to be learned, that there are a lot of people who are willing to stand up for freedom,” she said.